Jessie Van Gundel

Mobile Payment Processing for Service Businesses

Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Accepting Payments, Small Business

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There are a number of things to consider when on the search for a mobile processing solution. One major thing to keep in mind is that many popular solutions were created with retail businesses in mind, rather than service businesses. This has a big impact on the way customer data is managed.

This guide covers everything from merchant accounts, to custom reporting, to hardware and EMV considerations and includes a checklist that will help you as you evaluate different solutions.

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PaySimple

What to do When Customers Don’t Pay

Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Accepting Payments, Small Business

Get your customers to pay, money in hand

Customers are the lifeblood of a small business but what about the few customers that actually cost a business money?

Say you’ve done work or produced a product for a customer, and now the customer wants to keep their money (and most likely your work as well). Non-paying customers can be detrimental to cash flow, so how can you get your payment before it hurts your business?

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Lisa Hephner

12 Important Small Business Signs

Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Tip of the Week

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While it is tempting to celebrate #GroundhogDay by taking a page from the classic Bill Murray movie and publishing last week’s Tip post again, I decided that would be more a sign of laziness than homage. So, in the spirit of Groundhog Day, and the much anticipated sign from Punxsutawney Phil (or your other groundhog of choice) regarding the early or late end to Winter, the following are 12 types of important signs that you should be watching for in your small business.

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Mel Torgusen

Increase Productivity by Making Work More Fun (Do’s and Don’ts)

Posted by on January 28, 2016 in People and Culture, Small Business

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We really do though, and when we were recognized as a Top Workplace in 2015 by The Denver Post, we knew that not only was that great news for us, as employers, but that was also great news for our employees and our customers. A happy team is the foundation to a sturdy and viable business.

As a company that focuses on making our office a fun place to be, we’ve learned some things along the way. While you should be intentional about your company culture, you also should be intentional about the ways you spread fun in your office. Do your best to accommodate the range of interests and personalities of the people who help you run your business.

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PaySimple

4 Ways to Get Your Clients to Pay Their Bills & Invoices on Time

Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Accepting Payments, Small Business

frustrated business owner Late payments are one of the most frustrating things about owning a business. After providing a good or service to your customer, you’re forced to wait for an indefinite amount of time until they make their payment. Without the luxury of liquid assets and a steady cash flow, the success of businesses hinges largely on the ability to get paid on time.

Don’t let late payments put you out of business. Follow these 4 simple tips to make sure that your clients pay their invoices on time, or even better, early!

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Lisa Hephner

9 February 2016 Webinars Small Business Owners Should Make Time to Attend

Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Tip of the Week

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If it relates to running a successful small business there is likely an upcoming webinar that covers it. In fact, you could probably spend all day every day watching webinars designed to help you improve marketing strategies, increase sales, create better business plans, monitor cash flow, understand tax law, and dress for success. Though that would leave precious little time for actually running your small business—which is of course your paramount concern and primary passion.

The following are 9 webinars scheduled for this February that, even if sponsored, look to be information rich and sales-pitch light. They cover a wide range of topics important to small business including marketing, finance, HR management, green business practices, federal law, security and technology.

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Amanda Jurgens

Grow Your Home Services and Repair Business with PaySimple

Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Accepting Payments, Marketing Tips

80% of consumers visit a business’ website before making a purchase decision. As more of your customers research and choose a business online, it is more important than ever to have a strong online presence.

Our new infographic, built for home services professionals, outlines the top 6 elements your business needs to showcase quality services, as well as four tips to create a professional online presence. We’ll even help you visualize the optimized experience your future customers can enjoy. Get the infographic for free today!

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Kristin Piccirillo

All the Ways You Can Accept Online Payments in 2016

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Accepting Payments

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In 2016 customers will continue moving toward a completely digital life. This will include embracing different forms of online billing and payments, including EMV or chip card use, and an increase in mobile connectedness.

According to the 2014 Annual Billing Household Survey, customers use an average of three different payment methods each month for their bills. Mobile payment use increased by 69% in 2014 while payment-due reminders continued to increase the use of electronic billing with their ability to prevent fees and reduce frustration for customers.

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Lisa Hephner

Free HR Management System for Small Business

Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Tip of the Week

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If you’re like many small business owners, you started your business because you are passionate about what you do, rather than passionate about the nuts and bolts of running a company. That’s why one of the goals of this Small Business Tip column is to let you know about free software that can help you more easily tackle the drudgery of managing your business so that you can devote more time to focusing on the part of it you love—be that designing new products, perfecting customer service, or promoting your vision in the marketplace. The Sentrifugo Human Resource Management System is one such program.

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Dustin Seitz

Accelerate Your Growth with a Business Checkup

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Leadership, Small Business

Business Checkup

A small business checkup is similar to getting your car serviced. Often times we get caught up in the commute–the back and forth–and we don’t take proper time to check under the hood and make sure everything is running properly. Perhaps you need an oil change, or a tire rotation, or a new air filter. This is all necessary to keep things running smooth and to avoid a more expensive repair down the road.

A regular checkup can prove vital in helping a business continue to grow and hit their goals.

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